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3 ways practice leaders can promote physician-patient relationships

Strong physician-patient relationships promote better outcomes, which increasingly will affect practices' bottom lines in the transition to value-based care. Nonetheless, practice leadership can inadvertently undermine physicians' ability to connect with patients by putting too much emphasis on productivity and satisfaction scores and not enough on helping doctors build relationships. Here are three ways employers can help promote patients' trust in their physicians and therefore doctors' effectiveness, according to a recent post from  Becker's Hospital Review.

Misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance complicates global education efforts

Public health officials have their work cut out in trying to change the way people across the globe use antibiotics, according to a new survey by the World Health Organization.

With a laundry list of fraud concerns, Part D payments are far from perfect

As one of the youngest government-run health programs, Medicare Part D has been around for less than a decade, meaning it's just reaching the beginning stages of adolescence. And, like most...

AAFP: Feds should cover cost of medical interpreters

Language barriers can lead to dangerous deficiencies in patient care, but financial constraints have kept use of medical interpreters in physician offices relatively low. A new proposed rule would require healthcare entities, including small physician offices, to provide "enhanced language assistance for people with limited English proficiency" at their own expense.

HHS to end provider agreement with Seattle hospital over 'multi-systemwide failures'

In the wake of an inspection that found "multi-systemwide failures" that created a major risk of patient harm, Seattle's Western State Hospital may lose millions in Medicare and Medicaid funding, according to the Associated Press.

4 steps to maximize hospital community health efforts

All stakeholders in the healthcare industry must take four steps in order for hospitals to improve population health within their communities, according to an opinion piece from the Brookings Institution.

How to make age-based physician competency testing more helpful, less insulting

It's not uncommon for physicians to push back against age-based competency testing or even go so far as to call the practice discriminatory. Proponents of screening, however, argue that it's a respectful way to help physicians know when to wind down their careers without waiting for a crisis, according to an article from  MedPage Today.

FDA recalls endoscope cleaning devices due to infection risk

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the recall of roughly 2,800 Custom Ultrasonics automated endoscope reprocessors from hospitals and other healthcare facilities, claiming the company cannot prove that the devices properly clean and disinfect endoscopes.

Why mHealth security must be a shared responsibility for patients, physicians

Communication between providers and patients is critical to ensuring mHealth security, and both parties must put privacy protection at top of mind, according to University of Illinois at Chicago Health Informatics Professor Eric Swirsky.

How hospitals' 'culture of secrecy' keeps error victims out of the loop

A "culture of secrecy" within healthcare often prevents the victims of medical malpractice from getting the full picture, according to a report from Cleveland-based ABC affiliate WEWS-TV.